I’ve never seen so many bachelor and bachelorette parties in one place than this. Hamburg, in northern Germany has a unique street known throughout Europe. The “Reeperbahn” is a ten block long party similar to Las Vegas every Friday and Saturday night, especially in the warm summer nights. Clubs, bars, showgirls…transvestites, nude shows and more, door to door along the boulevard. Most any type of food, and I would guess, most any type of other entertainment.
Tens of thousands of people of all ages walking in the warm night. Since it doesn’t get dark until after nine most don’t even come out to party until ten. Germans, Swedes, czech’s and Russians, but mostly Germans out on a Saturday night having fun. Every few minutes another bachelorette party walked by selling cheap novelties or a kiss for a € euro or two in order to raise money to pay for fun. Apparently it’s a tradition. The bachelors dress in all sorts of strange costumes in order to command attention. They do…and then there’s the hawkers of adult shows every few feet. Except for the language, I felt like I was on the strip in Vegas.
I spend some time talking to a pretty young German girl and her male companion who is a local and a regular at the club we were sitting in front of. Proficient in English after spending seven months in Australia kicking about, we talked about Hamburg and it party scene. She would have fit right in to the LA club scene for people her age, just 23. World traveler, educated, and spoke English. I actually had fun talking to her. As of most girls her age, soon she was off to another club with her male friend in tow. How women do this to us men, I’ll never know. She smiled and told him what they were doing and he obeyed, and they were just friends.
Exploration and pictures tomorrow…after I finally get up. It’s 2:50 AM. I still haven’t figured out how these people stay up until all hours of the night and when I finally get up, they’ve already been at work for half the day.